There comes a time, in the power game of politics, that the leader must throw his most loyal allies and advisers under a bus, and this especially applies to the rotting lump of semi-sapient vegetable matter known as The Shambling Mound. It is also opportune as such palace intrigues are occurring to engage in a foreign distraction so massive that any domestic issues are forgotten by most. In terms of pure range of the typical chaotic activities the eleventh week of shambling was actually quite narrow - but what big stories they were.
It was almost prescient of this 'blog to even be so bold with the suggest last week that Devin Nunes, hair of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was flailing about in a rather poor fashion. However, then becomes a subject of an ethics investigation himself, and finds that he has to 'temporarily' step down. Given the seriousness of the allegations it is right and proper that he step down - indeed one can be fairly certain that he will be answering some uncomfortable questions in the near future. But for pure positional politics, a running feud between Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon reach an explosive point when Lord Dampnut sided with nepotism (of course), removing Bannon from the National Security Council.
Then Syria happened. For those who have been living under a rock for the past six years, this is a dirty multi-faceted civil war, where the civilian population have suffered proportionally more than any other people this century. On April 4 the town of Khan Shaykhun in the rebel-held Idlib Province was attacked with Sarin poison gas which correlated with regime airstrikes. Three days later - just after it became clear the Security Council could not agree on a resolution - U.S. ships launched a missile on the Syrian government′s Shayrat Air Base in Homs, the first US direct attack on the regime (thousands of other attacks have been carried out against mainly Daesh positions).
Whilst the Russians were informed in advance of the attack, which did modest damage, it was conducted without authorisation from the US Congress or the United Nations Security Council, making it legally dubious (at best) under U.S. or international law. Many have pointed out that Lord Dampnut's actions are extremely different to what he was claiming a few years ago. Whilst the strikes do have the support of the majority which will probably translate to an improvement in poll numbers, we cannot avoid an uncomfortable conclusion; this is the only popular decision he's made. What a thing to be remembered for.
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